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We acknowledge that the land on which we live and work today is the traditional and unceded territory of the Wampanoag people, who have lived here for thousands of years. We recognize that the colonization of this land and the genocide of its original inhabitants was a violent and ongoing process that continues to this day through systems of racism, capitalism, and imperialism.

We acknowledge that the MIT Department of Architecture is part of this legacy of colonization, and that our work has often perpetuated and reinforced oppressive structures of power. 

We commit to engaging in ongoing dialogue and action towards decolonization, reparations, and justice. We commit to centering the voices and leadership of indigenous peoples and other marginalized communities in our work. We commit to examining our own complicity in oppressive structures and to working towards collective liberation. 

We offer this land acknowledgement as a starting point for this work, and we recognize that it is only the beginning of a long journey towards justice and healing.

We, the members of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology chapter of the National Organization for Minority Architecture Students (MIT NOMAS), are committed to the idea that our community can be strengthened by the active practice of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Department of Architecture. We champion diversity in design by calling for equality and fairness in our education, celebrating excellence in our discipline, and providing community members with resources to develop personally and professionally.

As minority students and allies, we aim to provide a source of support and camaraderie through communal gathering, open discourse, and lasting mentorship. We challenge misconceptions surrounding minority representation and emphasize the importance of diverse communities through dialogues with the MIT community, lecture series highlighting minority designers and researchers, open letters and advocacy. We are in support of systemic change to an exclusive profession that for centuries has created barriers for those outside of the canon, but we also choose to exist as a space for dialogue, change and care.